The Path along a silk thread

There is a thread that connects Taino with Barzola, since 1927 a hamlet of the Municipality of Angera. It is a thread… of silk. Recent historical research has in fact made it possible to reconstruct the deep bond between the two centres, especially between the late 1800s and early 1900s, fuelled by the trade in "galet", the cocoons of the silkworm, from which the precious thread is obtained. In fact, in Taino from 1888 to 1914 there was an office of the Milanese silk factory "Augusto Gibert & Co", engaged in the winding (positioning of the skeins on the reels) and twisting of the silk, which was obtained from the cocoons sold at the "Locanda dell'Agnello" of Taino. Most of these cocoons came from Barzola, which during the 19th century, together with nearby Capronno, took on a leading role in mulberry and sericulture: the 1875 land registry registers the presence of 656 mulberry trees in Barzola alone. Mulberry cultivation and silkworm breeding have historically constituted a fundamental peasant "income supplement", although they required a lot of care, both due to the voracity and the fragility of the silkworms (called "bigat" in local dialect).

The path Along a silk thread allows to connect the two centres again, enhancing an itinerary of great beauty of about 10 km which will allow you to meet Roman sarcophagi, masterpieces of contemporary art, elegant villas, washhouses, chestnut woods, ancient oratories, and historical farmhouses.

It starts from the Local History Museum of Taino (Via Europa, 11 - by Centro Ten.Col. Francesco Bielli), which houses some documents relating to the Gibert silk factory, where the cocoons were worked for the production of the precious yarn; crossing the "Place of the Four Cardinal Points" designed by Giò Pomodoro (and the magnificent viewpoint of the Park of Taino, along Viale dei Carpini and then via Pasubio and via Belvedere up to the cemetery of Cheglio and it is then possible to take via Damiano on the right to cross the wood up to Capronno. On leaving the wood, continue to the left along via S. Ambrogio as far as the centre of Capronno. By descending along via Virgilio on the right it is possible to admire the washhouse site no. ... of the Widespread Museum of Angera. Continue along via Mattava up to the crossroads with via Toscana which to the right will lead you to Barzola. Going along via per Barza up to the crossroads with via Prati where the Historic farmhouse dedicated to the practice of silkworm breeding is located at number 7 (site n. 57 of the Widespread Museum) headquarters of the Compagnia Roggero, national excellence in puppetry and handicraft production of puppets, and marionettes. In 1990, during the renovation of the farmhouse, of the nineteenth-century, traces of cocoons were identified, testifying to the use of a room in the house for the practice of silkworm breeding.

A route between history and archaeology that has become part of the network of tracks recognized by the CAI (617), route length about 10 km round-trip, difference in altitude 100 m on asphalted sections and dirt tracks. Comfortable shoes, long trousers and a bottle of water are recommended.



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